links for 2009-12-31
Bruce Schneier, writing for CNN, continues today's hit parade on the poor reaction to the underpants bomber. Not the political bs, but the HLS bs.
He advocates taking airline security back to 9/11 levels. In the past, Mr. Schneier has famously said, "Only two things have made flying safer [since 9/11]: the reinforcement of cockpit doors, and the fact that passengers know now to resist hijackers." It would seem that our response should focus on the second item there, not on forcing people to prove their level of bladder control.
From one of my favorite HLS authors, Amanda Ripley. She talks about the ass-backwards way the federal government continues to approach homeland security planning and response. While the punchline is obviously the last line of the article, she gives a great suggestion for HLS funding: why not double (triple?) Citizen Corps funding? I agree, why not?
Pretty neat retelling of the H1N1 timeline